Holiday Artisan Chocolate Dessert Tasting and Demonstration

Holiday Artisan Chocolate Desserts

A Chocolate Tasting, Cooking Demonstration, and Dessert Tasting

With Chef Silvia Baldini of Strawberry and Sage and

Analiese Paik of the Fairfield Green Food Guide

New Canaan Library

December 9, 2014

6:00-8:00 pm

$25 per person

Registration is required for this event online at

flourless chestnut torte
Chef Silvia’s flourless chestnut torte. Photo c/o Chef Silvia Baldini.

High quality artisan chocolate makes all the difference in flavor when preparing chocolate treats and desserts for the holidays. Taste three fine, artisan chocolates selected by Analiese Paik and discover their unique flavor profiles, cacao sources, and culinary uses. Then, learn proper techniques for melting and working with high-quality chocolate as Chef Silvia demonstrates how to prepare flourless chestnut torte and chocolate truffles. End the evening networking with guests as you sip hot chocolate topped with homemade marshmallows and savor flourless chestnut torte and chocolate truffles.

Each guest will receive Chef Silvia’s chocolate dessert recipes to prepare at home and flavor profiles and sourcing guidance for each chocolate from Analiese Paik.

chef silviaSilvia Baldini always dreamed of being a chef, even during her successful career as an art director. After 17 years in advertising she realized her dream by returning to school, graduating from the Cornell and French Institute and ultimately receiving a Grand Cuisine Diploma from Le Cordon Bleu, London. After working as a chef at prestigious Michelin star restaurants throughout Europe,  Silvia returned to the East Coast and established her creative food group, Strawberry and Sage. Silvia has been featured in Saveur, the James Beard Blog, and has appeared on national TV cooking shows. Among her many clients are Bank of America, Royal Scottish Society, and Vista Caballo as well as private individuals, celebrities, food photographers and cookbook authors.

best profile AnalieseAnaliese Paik is founder and editor of the award-winning website Following a successful career in marketing management, she attended the Institute of Culinary Education and studied wine at the International Wine Center. Analiese has served as a judge for the Connecticut Specialty Food Association’s Product Awards Competition for the last four years. She was featured in Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine as a “foodie who makes a difference” in recognition of both her current work and many years as a PTA volunteer advocating for better school food. She has been featured as a green food advocate and expert in FairfieldMagazine, Fairfield County Life, Stamford Advocate, Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, and Westport Magazine, among others. Analiese was a regular monthly guest on News Channel 8’s Good Morning Connecticut show for two years where she covered local and sustainable foods.

Join us for a fantastic evening of culinary education!

New Canaan Library’s mission is to enrich the town’s intellectual and cultural life by providing free and convenient access to information, fostering lifelong learning and encouraging the exchange of ideas.



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